“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” said the iconic Marilyn Monroe, but millennials, apparently, prefer having food on the table and their taxes paid. While everyone seems to blame the Generation Y for “killing” industry after industry, when it comes to expensive gemstones, it all makes sense. Research shows that millennials tend to marry later in life than their parents and grandparents. They are also more focused on prioritizing their finances, as well as the ethical problems that come from the industry. It all began in the 1930’s as a genius marketing campaign, but when you look into it, are diamonds really worth it?

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This former Jewelry salesperson has a pro-tip for those of you who want to avoid the diamond scam, but for some reason want to keep the illusion that you haven’t

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